Leadership and Public Service High School

Grades: 9-12

Our Insights

What’s Special

Daily advisory; free after-school program

The Downside

Limited electives, no music

Leadership and Public Service is a tiny high school that gives teens lots of social support and a taste of college and the working world. Founded in 1993 in partnership with Syracuse University, the school offers two programs: Leadership and Public Service, and Business and Entrepreneurship. Good opportunities exist in each for students aiming for college.

Students in the Business program may graduate with a two-year college degree in public administration, saving two years’ college tuition. About 16-17 students from each class complete this path. 

In Public Service, students take courses in law and social justice. Up to a dozen rising seniors live on the Syracuse Campus in the summer, taking courses and living in the dorm. About 40 high-school students meet with college student mentors during the school year. They do community service projects together and attend college presentations.

Advanced students may take Advanced Placement (AP) calculus or AP statistics (it varies each year), AP Environmental Science and AP Computer Science Principles. The school does not offer physics. And in the arts, Leadership no longer offers music.

A web of social support is available, for example incoming 9th graders attend a one-week summer program, and all students meet in daily, small group advisories led by the same teacher all four years. Students who need counseling may work with a full-time social worker or an intern. Leadership became one of the first schools in the nation to implement a restorative justice program, in which students and teachers learn to address conflicts before they escalate. 

Leadership has had ups and downs over the years but renewed attention on attendance, teacher training, tutoring, and small group work is having a positive impact, data and surveys show. The school also adopted the Writing Revolution, a method that has had success with a range of students because of its clear, step-by-step approach to writing.

Trinity Church Wall Street offers free after-school to any student. They meet in a building behind the church called the Commons, which has a full gymnasium and a basketball court, a teaching kitchen, and comfy seating.

Leadership staff tries to help students afford college. All teens fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); typically more than half receive tuition assistance to attend a New York State college. (Lydie Raschka, interview and web reports, April 2022) 

School Stats

Academics

School
Citywide
How many students graduate in 4 years?
 
88%
How many students with disabilities graduate in 4 years?
 
68%
Average daily attendance
 
91%
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
 
23%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide and 2020-21 NYC School Survey

Students

298
Number of students
644 Citywide Average

Race/Ethnicity


School
Citywide
Low-income students
 
78%
Students with disabilities
 
20%
Multilingual learners
 
4%
From the 2020-21 Demographic Snapshot

Safety & Vibe

School
Citywide
How many students were suspended?
 
0%
How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
 
97%
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
 
19%
How many students say that some are bullied at their school because of their gender or sexual orientation?
 
13%
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey and 2019-20 NY State Report Card

Faculty & Staff

School
Citywide
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
 
63%
10.2
Years of principal experience at this school
7 Citywide Average
181
Number of students for each guidance counselor or social worker
157 Citywide Average

Teachers’ Race/Ethnicity


How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
 
95%
Are teachers effective?
From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey, 2019-20 School Quality Guide, 2019-20 NY State Report Card, 2021 Guidance Counselor Report and this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Advanced Courses

Which students have access to advanced courses at this school? Learn more

Calculus

Not offered in 2019-20

Computer Science

 
10%

Physics

Not offered in 2019-20

Advanced Foreign Language

 
16%

AP/IB Arts, English, History or Social Science

 
89%

AP/IB Math or Science

 
17%

Music

 
49%
From unpublished, anonymized data from the 2019-20 school year provided by the New York State Education Department, brought to you by

College Readiness

School
Citywide
How many students graduate with test scores high enough to enroll at CUNY without remedial help?
 
47%
How many students take a college-level course or earn a professional certificate?
 
80%
From the 2019-20 School Quality Guide
How many students filled out a FAFSA form by the end of their senior year?
 
99%
From the 2020-21 FAFSA data released by Federal Student Aid, brought you by
How many graduates of this school received Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding to attend a NYS college?
 
44%
How many of those TAP recipients made it through college? Learn more
From unpublished, anonymized student-level data for the class of 2011-12 provided by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) in coordination with the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), brought to you by
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Programs & Admissions

From the 2021 High School Directory

Leadership and Public Service

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

Students complete a sequence of courses and activities in Law, Leadership, and Public Policy; Syracuse University Summer College and Syracuse University Project Advance.

Business and Entrepreneurship

Admissions Method: Ed. Opt.

Program Description:

This is a four-year program designed to develop our students' ability to compete in today's business market as professional, global, 21st-century leaders. Our curriculum includes partnerships with Edelman, Zurich, and NASDAQ that focuses on competing in business programs, shadowing professionals, and participating in workshops focused on professional skills development, all supported by courses focused on business, economics, law, and entrepreneurship.

Offerings

From the 2021 High School Directory

Language Courses

Spanish

Advanced Placement (AP) courses

AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States History, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Environmental Science, AP World History: Modern

Boys PSAL teams

Basketball

Girls PSAL teams

Basketball, Softball

Read about admissions, academics, and more at this school on NYCDOE’s MySchools

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Contact & Location

Location

90 Trinity Place
Manhattan NY 10006

Trains: 1 Line to Rector St; 2 Line, 3 Line, A Line, C Line, J Line, Z Line to Fulton St; 4 Line, 5 Line to Wall St; 6 Line to Brooklyn Bridge-City Hall; E Line to World Trade Center; R Line, W Line to Cortlandt St

Buses: BM1, BM2, BM3, BM4, BxM18, M103, M15, M15-SBS, M20, M22, M55, M9, QM11, QM25, QM7, QM8, X1, X10, X10B, X11, X12, X14, X15, X17, X17A, X19, X2, X27, X28, X3, X37, X38, X4, X42, X5, X7, X8, X9


Contact

Principal: Philip Santos

Parent Coordinator: Valerie Casey

Website

Other Details

Shared campus? No

This school is in its own building.

Uniforms required? No
Metal detectors? No

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